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Lozen Boer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
83
good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2005

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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

The beer geeks have tagged this a Quadrupel, but essentially it's an Abbey-style ale. Lozen boer means "gentleman farmer," yet on the label it says, "Legend of the Cow Smuggler." An inside joke, we think?

The lace is out of this world, surprising for a higher-alcohol beer. It starts off with a good two fingers of light tan head and literally sticks to the glass all the way down. A deep burnished chestnut hue comes through the glass when put up to the light. Brown sugar aroma from sweet malts; then the nose turns to raisins, currants and blackberries from fruity esters and an ever-so-faint solvent alcohol in the back. Lush, creamy smoothness rolls off the tongue with each sip. The alcohol is evident from the get-go, but it's never overpowering, thanks to the muscular maltiness that flexes with notes of dark bread, caramelized/burnt sugar and toasted biscuit flavors. Underlying fruitiness. Modest hop bitterness and flavor, with enough phenolics to balance out the sweetness with light clove. Finishes semisweet, with a plum and toasted grain aftertaste.

Wow, a balanced Quadrupel. You don't see that too often. This one is well worth the hunt. We're curious to see how it cellars.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a dingy orangish-brown with a good, off-white head that kind of surprised me because the cork came out without the least bit of “pop”.

Smell – This Quad still has a stiff darkish malt base. There’s some Belgian yeast in there along with some dark fruits, especially raisins and dates, but not the big fruity explosion that you get with some examples of the style. The nose is still kind of tight, even after the ale warms.

Taste – The taste opens up a bit more. There’s a strong bitterness to the malts that I enjoy but may surprise those seeking the typical style standard. The sweets actually step back from the nose. The yeast is solid but the booze is somewhat harsh. Not burning, but definitely in your face.

Mouthfeel – This really isn’t much over medium-bodied and the bitter dryness almost felt kind of hoppy. I enjoyed the mild but efficient carbonation though.

Drinkability – This ale was a good drinker. But, I gotta say, when I think of Quads I think of greatness, and in that sense it missed the mark.

Photo of dieBlume
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

S: Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle.

A: No foam, no lacing, no carbonation. The beer itself was dark brown in color.

S: Very boozey, chocolatey, and fruity.

T: Overwhelmingly alcoholic, which would have been fine if it has some sort of carbonation. Tasted like a thinned out chocolate with darker fruits infused.

M: Flat, a bit off - reminded me of a liquid candy bar.

O: I was really excited to try this, but it was certainly a letdown.

I was told by two people at the shop where it was bought that it was a good beer. When it was opened, I was already disappointed. No typical pop when opened - we then knew SOMETHING had to be wrong. I'm just thankful that my boyfriend doesn't mind flat beers...

Photo of goatxpower
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at U and I Liquors in Oakland.

A- This looks great! Dark copper brown with a huge fluffy off-white head.

S- Yeast. Spice. Dried fruit

T- This is good. Strong nods to Westy 12/ St Bernardus abt 12, but simply doesn't have the complexity of those beers. Figs, plums, raisins, bready/yeast tones, good malt without being too sweet. A little bit of spice. NO hops. Apple and pear on the tail end. Some heat.

M- very silky, with some body to it. Lingers on your tongue for a while. My favorite part.

D- very drinkable for a 10% Belgian. I could drink one here and there, but would probably just get St Bernardus abt 12 instead.

Photo of amex_platypus
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Most boring quad I've ever had

Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a turbid dark brown with ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of booze-soaked figs and raisins with a solid sugary malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of boozy dark fruit flavors up front with a vaguely nutty malt flavor coming in at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side - still, it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one glass and could go for another.

Overall this is a good quad, but not quite a very good quad. Worth a shot.

Photo of GilGarp
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with an artificial cork.

Served cool into the Watou glass, Lozen Boer Abt is a dark chestnut brown, slightly hazy, with thin short-lived head. A few spots of lace but otherwise pretty ordinary.

Aroma is bozy and fruity in roughly equal measure. It has a nice caramel apple thing going on here.

Flavor is strong and complex with lots of sweet dark fruits up front, spice towards the middle, and finishing somewhat dry with the alcohol making itself known once again.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body, low in carbonation, and reasonably well-balanced though leaning towards the sweet side.

Overall a tasty quad but not a memorable one given some of the greats out there.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally pulled a bottle of this out of the beer cellar after a year or so, maybe two. After pouring I'm struck by the big plum and raisin aroma jumping out of the glass. The flavor has more the sweet dried fruit, but with a hint of juice, along with dried cocoa, leather, and an herbal spice mix. The body isn't too heavy, just light-medium like a dry wine. The finish is fruity with toffee candy note. Hardly bitter, it's sort of the same feel as a rich dark chocolate.

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Oaky notes & leafy hops along with jammy & apricot notes

T: Dry with oaky notes & leafy hops up front. Some boozeyness as this warms, along with cherries, vanilla, & tanins. Finishes with baker's chocolate, licorice raisins, & more dryness

MF: Low carbonation with medium body & some slickness. A tad thin for the style IMO

Kind of so-so as Quads go. Has no serious malt depth as the style demands & way too much dryness to just enjoy IMO

Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Fest on August 14, 2011. It begins with a medium-amber pour with nice clarity and a decent head. While malts are noted in the aroma immediately there is also something more nutty than fruity there. The medium-to-bold body is smooth and creamy with excellent stability while swirling. The aroma begins candied sugar sweet but evolves into a sour, dryer finish. This beer was very nice altogether.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., July 2008. No price recorded.

Pours a pretty rich mahogany brown, with a decent head at the start which dies away to a thin cover in no time.

Aroma is a rich dark fruitiness, a bit of charp cheese and bitter chocolate, and aromatic spices. Rich and full, roasty, luxurious is the only word for the flavor and mouth- brandy soaked cherries, figs and dates, good stuff. Alcohol is a tad too noticeable, and the sharp hop ending isn't as smooth as I would like this to be.

Honestly, I have had a number of quads, and this one is definitely a good one, a very good one. But it does not have that je ne se quios (spelling, please?) that just makes it a great one. Could drink this one very happily all night long, but it is missing the wow factor.

Photo of scottoale
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. brown bottle with caged cork dated 10 05 09, had very little pop when opened. Poured into my Duvel tulip a ruddy brown with burgundy tint and an eggnog colored, tight fluffy cap of 3/4". The head was kept aloft with plenty of carbonation and the ruddy murk cleared as it warmed. Nice fine lace, down to the last drop.

Smell was sweet and spicy with lots of malt and dark ripe fruits and as it warms, alcohol comes through with authority. The flavor was as expected....very sweet with raisen, fig, prunes and spice, followed by malt and molasses. As it warmed, an onslaught of alcohol comes marching through, ending with a prickly hot finish...needs some serious aging to mellow out. Nice flavor overall with decent body and ample carbonation for the style.

High octane quad that I would recommend aging till the date on the cork to tame the heat and add complexity, yet drinkable as is.

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of beige bubbles covering the surface that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. There are some visible particles floating near the bottom, but it is unclear if these are yeast particles or remnants of the cork that shattered when opening the beer.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste also has flavors of dark fruits. Notes of plums, prunes and raisins seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely improves with age as it becomes very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 cork and caged bottle the beer presents a slightly hazy brown, the head monstrous in size, tan in color, creamy in texture, upon its evaporation the lacing forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a earthy aroma, caramel and sweet malt, a touch of oak like sourness noted, delightful sniff. From has a pleasing malt profile, a somewhat bitter twang at the back, top has a light to moderate feel to the palate. Finish has a stern acidity, hops perfectly spicy, dry and tart aftertaste seals itself to the palate, touch of warming noticed, and a fine drinking brew that is worth the sample.

Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very murky dark brown (minimal light comes through with backlighting) with a 1/2 inch tan head.
S: Sweet underripe melon, dark dried fruit (raisin), caramel, a subdued yeast note, a hint of spice, and with warming roasted malt and chocolate notes come to the surface. What an interesting mix of aromas!
T: Doesn't quite keep up with the aroma here...not nearly as cloying. Caramel and semi-sweet chocolate, the sweet melon (honeydew?) is a tad tart and bitter here, hint of raisin. Not as complex as I was anticipating.
M: Soft and smooth. Medium body. Lingers briefly on the palate. Not so good, especially for style.
D: Nice idea, but it stumbled a bit along the way. ABV remains well hidden. Drinks more like a dubbel than a quad. Worth a try, but not as good as several of the other offerings from The Prof.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased in 2009 pours a fairly clear, medium brown color. Has a thin layer of tan foam, neither retention nor lacing is overly impressive.

Nose is sweet candi sugar with some caramel malts and alcohol. Fruitiness is of the lighter variety - honeydew melon, strawberries and cherries. Nose is not really all that big for the style, especially compared to Bernardus, Westmalle, etc..

Flavor is kind of a quad 'lite' with a surprising bite of hops on the end. Not really overly sweet, one of the driest quads I have had. This gives it a lighter body and a drinkable quality that is nice, it is not just a sipper. Goes from the start to finish without a whole lot in between, lacks a bit in complexity. Could use a creamier mouthfeel as well. Subtle brown sugar flavors come through as it warms up. Alcohol is noticeable, but does not taste like a 10%'er. Quite an enjoyable beer, but different than most quads. Go get one and try it, highly doubtful you will be sorry.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well shit looking at the latest reviews this beer is kind of crap. Ow well I at least only paid like 5 bucks for a 10% Quad bomber.

A - The cork is quite strange like made of some kind of rubber or plastic. Could this be what caused the off flavors and low carbonation people are reporting? Opening the bottle I get a very lively full inch of mocha colored head, fizzy from ABV but still sticks around for a bit. Beer itself is a very deep chestnut brown almost pitch black like a stout.

S - Strong alcoholic esters with some sugary malt and very little actual fruit. The booze is strong in this one.

T - Has a very weird herbal woody flavor that seems to be a mix of oak and stone fruit. Next the fruity yeast kicks in giving a sweet malt flavor and then mild sherry kind of boozy taste. Finish has a touch of hop bit and a warming character.

M - Medium to heavy, rather syrup like ABV shines in taste which is kind of offputting.

Overall a very boozy quad that has rather weird flavors than your typical fruity/low ABV lasting counterparts (ST Bearnard 12) Worth getting if you like boozy Belgium's.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown colored beer with red highlights. Good tan head that falls a bit too quickly.

Smell is boozy strong fig aroma and fainter melon aroma with a trace of bourbon. Brown sugar and mildly spicy mostly allspice.

Taste starts out Sweet and spicy with lots of brown sugar. Faint bourbon flavor wonder if this was put in a used bourbon barrel. Vanilla and crème brulee flavor there is a bit of seared sugar flavor. Big fig flavor tastes a bit like a fig newton.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not bad, if there is anything to want more of in this beer it would be a slightly punchier flavor. As this is it is quite good, just turned down a notch from the best of the style. A good introduction beer the Quadrupel style.

Photo of deac83
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little perplexed by the lack of carbonation. Intentional or cork problem? I ventured ahead anyway.

Minimal head with small amount of carbonation present.

Dark brown in color.

Fruity but on the sour side.

Smooth in the mouth but agree more carbonation would improve overall.

FWIW, I had no point of reference for this beer and therefore low expectations but was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: loads of fruit sweetness and brown sugar rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, brown sugar, black plums, yeast, pears, raisins, and a mild bitterness is wrapped in a strong alcohol laced blanket.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as flavor linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: decent for the style but the bomber bottle is enough for one session. Share this one with a friend.

Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-11-08

Pours a very cloudy orange/brown, with a foamy tn head that settles to a nice, medium level. Huge lacing coats the entire glass.

Smell is sweet and malty, with lots of dark fruit and booze. Not overly complex, but quite strong.

Taste is very malty at first, and the finish is surprisingly bitter and super dry. The middle is a little bit sour, maybe some wild yeast. After awhile the alcohol becomes very apparent.

Mouthfeel is good, but a little too carbonated.

Drinkability is decent, but the bitterness and alcohol are quite heavy.

Overall, a different kind of quad. Less sweet and a little more saison than I expected. I'd probably like it more the second time.

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into my trusty Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark brown color with a good size (for a 10 percent beer) off white head. The head fades fairly fast to a covering of the glass. some sticky lacing. Looks good.

There is an aroma there, just not what I expect in a quad. Sugar, alcohol and dark fruit. Not particularly enticing.

Nice flavor. Dark fruit, malt and sugar. Nothing too complex, just tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich, a little alcohol burn and smooth.

Drinkability is good for a Quad, but I would rather have more challenging flavors and settle for less. This is a good beer, but for a Quad, I would select abt 12 any day and abt 12 is very available.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nose is malty with some sour and some dark fruit, some powdery yeast, and a small funky twang. Smells good.

Pours a deep mahogany / nut brown color, good clarity, mild head. Beautiful color. Looks good.

Glass 1 pours a deep mahogany / nut brown color with good clarity and a mild head; the color is pristine, it looks good. Nose is malty with some sour and some dark fruit, some powdery yeast, and a small funky twang; smells good. First sip brings an overbearing barrage of mouthfeel - it's nicely tart with an oily coating and some sharp alcohol. Sparsely populated bubbles on my tongue cause pain. Some dark roasted malt manifests, and hints of sugary sweetness. Just where the yeasty mouthfeel ends and the yeast flavors begin is as of yet unclear. A soft medicinal/plastic white noise sits on the threshold of my flavor differentiation.

Glass 2 brings a much better head, but retention is still 20 seconds or so. The medicinal/plastic white noise is louder, accompanied now by alcohol heat. I found some mild funkiness and fruitiness with hints of lemongrass, flowers, earth, and dark, ripe fruit. The intense tartness from the first sips has died down leaving behind a terrestrial fruity tartness. Soft sweetness reminds me of honey. The alcohol has now reached my brain bringing soothing warmth and a poetic urges.

Glass 3 has the most impressive head of all; all those nucleation sites from the lacing I reckon. Still a pretty quick 20-30 seconds retention. Whiff of banana and some other unworldly fruity ester. It still has the droning medicinal/plastic thing going on. The flavor is hard to pin down, hard to reach. It's there, and I can taste it (obviously, no?), but it does taste like white noise sounds. Can one describe the white noise of a crowd of people? Not other than an unknown sized set of voices within the range of human speech. Can one describe the white noise of an electrical room or bank of transformers? Again, not other than the combination of the frequencies of each vibrating part. So this beer, like a crowd of people or bank of transformers, has a definite taste, but without sending a sample to a lab, all I can say is that it tastes like a combination of medicinal/plastic yeastiness, dark fruit, tart fruit/floralness, and roasted malt, the emphasis being on the yeast.

A strong Abbey Ale, Lozen Boer is like an awkward young animal whose feet are too big; I'd put money on improvements with age. It's stiff, it's rough, and it's loud. If you enjoy getting kicked in the mouth for no reason, this is your beer.

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a striking brownish ice tea color with OK head retention and decent lacing. On the nose this beer smells very attractive, with some noticeable milk chocolate, brown sugar, cherry vanilla, coffee and some underlying spice. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose perfectly, and I must say this beer has a very rich, smooth, somewhat sweet flavor profile. This beer is almost decadently rich and is just about all I could want in a good quad. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, though you can tell this is not a small or light beer.

Wouldn't want this all the time as it's just too rich. Nevertheless, this is a very solid beer, one I wouldn't hesitate to order or buy again.

Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown color. At first a light tan head of over two fingers forms. It recedes in a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Very malty. Sweet caramel and chocolate. Some vanilla and dark fruits. A dry woody aroma.
T: Again, some malty sweetness of caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. A very light dark fruit flavor. Maybe some spiciness as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin and watery though. This has a high ABV, but it is barley noticeable. Something that I can sip on all night.

This is a pretty good quad. Nothing outstanding, but very enjoyable. Something that I would recommend. Another good beer from De Proef.

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Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
83 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.